Golden Arrows pick up first win

Polokwane City still remain winless in the PSL when they were beaten 2-1 by Golden Arrows, who got their first League win of the campaign, at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Philane Shange and Thanduyise Khuboni were the scorers for Arrows while a Prince Hlela penalty was the consolation goal for City in this Absa Premiership match.

Arrows should have been 1-0 up inside the first ten minutes when Philane Shange sent in a delightful cross from the right flank which found his teammate Lucky Nguzana in the box, but he could only head wide of goal with the City keeper Modiri Madumo off his line and stranded.

Ten minutes later, Modiri redeemed himself for his earlier error when the Shange and Nguzana combination was at the forefront of an Arrows move but the latter was denied by an acrobatic save by the keeper.

City had their first real chance in the 37th minute when Essau Kanyenda brushed off his markers in the box, got up very quickly and tried an acrobatic bicycle kick which narrowly went wide of goal from a very tight angle from close range though.

Both sides went to the halftime break deadlocked at 0-0 and still looking for their first win of the season.

On the hour mark, Abafana Bes’thende took the lead. City spoilt Arrows’ set piece which looked poorly orchestrated but Manqoba Mngqithi’s men recovered the ball well which resulted in Shange finishing from close range to make it 1-0.

The men from Kwa-Zulu Natal doubled their lead in the 70th minute. Buyisile Sali was adjudged to have fouled Shange in the box and referee Victor Gomes with no hesitation pointed to the spot. Arrows’ skipper Khuboni stepped up and sent Madumo the wrong way.

With ten minutes remaining City were given a glimmer of hope with their mission of mounting a fight back.

Kanyenda was fouled inside the box and the referee awarded his second penalty of the match. Hlela converted the spot kick to send the home supporters into song.

Polokwane City (0) 1 (Hlela 80Pen)

Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Shange 62, Khuboni 70Pen)

City: Marumo, Molekwane, Hlela, Mkhabela, Tshilo, Mdluli, Nzimande (Hlongwa 58’ [Tlolane 83’]), Sali (Moloi 70’), Kanyenda, Senamela, Gopane

Arrows: Mngoma, Tom, Zwane, Bester, Khuboni, Shange (Wadabwa 75’), Ntombayithethi, Qalanto (Ntuli 72’), Sithole, Nene, Nguzana (Smith 57’) Backpage Media